Worldwide Large Format Printer Shipments Continue on Growth Trajectory in the Third Quarter of 2014, According to IDC

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — December 4, 2014 — According to new data from the International Data Corporation ( IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Large Format Printer Tracker, the large format printer (LFP) market recorded year-over-year growth of 0.6% in the third quarter of 2014 (3Q14) with more than 78,000 units shipped. This marks the fifth consecutive quarter of worldwide shipment growth. Shipment value declined -4.0% year over year to nearly $782 million.

"The third quarter is often the softest quarter of the year in the global large format market," said Phuong Hang, Program Director, Worldwide Large Format Printer Tracker. "While global shipments are ahead of 2013, hardware revenue is essentially flat for 2014 so far, due primarily to vendor price promotions."

Technology Highlights

  • The wide format CAD/Technical printer market segment continued to grow, with inkjet printer shipment growth more than offsetting the decline in toner-based wide format printers. Overall, the CAD/Technical segment is on pace to grow 5.2% worldwide in 2014.
  • Despite a soft third-quarter, wide format Graphics printer shipments are 3% higher through the first three quarters of 2014 versus 2013.

Vendor Highlights

  • HP is the wide format market leader, and in the third quarter has gained share in both shipments and revenues on a worldwide basis, driven largely by growth in the technical segment and by the increase in HP Latex printer sales.
  • Canon maintained its number 2 position among wide format printer manufacturers with market share of nearly 21% of worldwide shipments.
  • Epson also maintained its position as the number 3 worldwide supplier, but saw the gains of its eco-solvent and dye-sublimation printers offset somewhat by the slowdown in the aqueous graphics segment.
  • Roland is the fourth-ranked supplier to the worldwide large format printer market, which is impressive because Roland only participates in the graphics side of the wide format market.
  • Ricoh is the fifth-ranked wide format printer vendor in terms of shipments and has grown market share with entry to the wide format technical inkjet market that has added a fourth significant supplier to that segment.

The top five wide format printer manufacturers make up over eighty percent of global wide format shipments, but only two-thirds of revenue. With manufacturers like HP, Canon, and Epson dominating the aqueous segment, this points to the maturity of the conventional aqueous graphics and solvent inkjet markets and the fragmented nature of the wide format UV-curable inkjet segment.

Worldwide Large Format Printer Shipments, Shipment Value Market Share, and Year-Over-Year Growth, Third Quarter 2014


Value ($M)


3Q14 Market


Value ($M)


3Q13 Market



1. HP     227.34     29.1%     205.38     25.2%     +10.7%
2. Canon     116.41     14.9%     138.00     17.0%     -15.6%
3. Epson     72.73     9.3%     89.55     11.0%     -18.8%
4. Mimaki     50.47     6.5%     43.91     5.4%     +14.9%
5. Roland     48.89     6.3%     54.53     6.7%     -10.3%
Others     265.90     34.0%     282.72     34.7%     -5.9%
Total     781.74     100.0%     814.08     100.0%     -4.0%

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